Turner ready for title test

PUBLISHED: 10:21 12 October 2013

Canning Town's Freddie Turner fights for a Southern Area title next week (Pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)

Canning Town's Freddie Turner fights for a Southern Area title next week (Pic: Gianluca Rio Di Caro)


Canning Town youngster gets Southern Area shot

Canning Town’s Freddie Turner is set for his first taste of Championship boxing in less than a weeks time, when he challenges Southern Area light-middleweight champion Nathan Graham for his crown at York Hall on Friday (October 18).

A reinvigorated Turner has put in a couple of stunning performances since signing with renowned coach, manager and promoter Johnny Eames in January.

After fighting just once in 2012, it was less than four weeks from signing that Turner made his first outing under the Trad TKO banner, scoring a solid points win over Costas Osben in February.

Turner had to withdraw from his next scheduled bout on the undercard of the Colin Lynes-Beka Sutidze clash but did not have to wait too long for his next outing in July, when he faced Birmingham’s Max Maxwell.

After a cautious start against the former British title challenger, Turner stepped up the pace to turn in one of the most sensational performances of his career for a 60-54 victory.

And following that performances Eames proposed to bring a title shot forward, with the young east Londoner jumping at the chance to challenge Graham.

Turner, who is trained by future Hall of Famer Jimmy Tibbs, said: “Johnny said he’d get it (a title shot). What can I say, he’s done exactly what he said he’d do. I’ve not even been with Johnny a year and he’s done everything he said he’d do.

“I’ve had it before where people said they’d do things and they didn’t, Johnny’s done it. He’s got me more fights than he said he’d get me by now, he did say he’d get me a title shot and he’s done it.

“I can’t fault him at all, I’m really happy about everything. It’s improved my boxing, everybody’s been saying how good I’ve been looking, this is all due to I’m feeling good and I’m settled, as I have a plan and I’ve got a future.

“Before I didn’t know what I was doing, it was all over the place, but now it’s going smooth, everything’s going perfect, I just cannot wait for the 18th, I really can’t.

“I’ve seen Nathan about, bits and bobs of his fights. When I was a welterweight I was looking at fighters in that division.

“I’m really tall for a welter, I filled out over the past few months and started to grow into a man really.

“I’m punching hard, I’ve gone to light-middle and I feel comfortable.

“He looks capable, he knows what he’s doing, he’s gone the distance a few times, He’s the champion, you don’t get that for being nothing.

“It’s going to be a good fight, I’m not into bad mouthing or slagging off, but I do believe that I’ll beat him and beat him well. I hope he brings his best because I am.

“It’s for the fans that I do boxing, I’m an entertainer, I love to entertain and for the fans to come to York Hall and spend their hard-earned money, I know it’s tough. But it makes it worthwhile, when it gets tough in there, to hear the people you know shouting and screaming for you, it makes it all worthwhile.

“All I can say Is that I’m always grateful and that I’m really, really happy that I have such a good fan base, I love them all, I’m really happy for them and hope they enjoy the night.”

The Nathan Graham-Freddie Turner Southern Area light-middleweight title clash headlines the Johnny Eames Trad TKO Events promoted ‘Brothers In Arms’ event at York Hall in Bethnal Green on Friday October 18.

Tickets, priced £35 (Standard Seated) and £60 (Ringside) are available on line at or in person at the TRAD TKO Boxing Gym in Canning Town or from any of the fighters named.

For further information, or to by tickets by phone, call 07960 850645.

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